Montréal artist Joe Becker’s newest large-format paintings are a disturbing mix of innocence, nostalgia, decay, and mass-market characters and icons from his youth.
“The comically strange, morally corrupt, beer-soaked and often frightening realm depicted in Black Knights of Cockaigne depict a phantasmagoric, nightmarish world of excess and corruption,” say the notes for his solo exhibition at Patrick Mikhail Gallery.
Composites plundered from cartoons, humor magazines, horror movies, VHS covers, video games, trading cards, and illustrations from childhood all mix together into a primordial stew.
His characters appear in his works over and over again, as if they exist autonomously in a dazed hung-over state, the gallery says.
Joe Becker at Patrick Mikhail Gallery, here